The BBC’s epic mistakes after dismissing David Bowie and Sir David Attenborough before fame
The BBC rejected both Sir David Attenborough and David Bowie for jobs before they were famous, it has been revealed.
The 95-year-old broadcaster David was turned down by the company in 1952 as a radio producer.
His candidacy from nearly 70 years ago, which was stamped with a rejection stamp, is due next week in an exhibition of 100 objects to mark the BBC’s 100th anniversary.
But although he didn’t get a job in 1952, he got one the following year.
In his mid-twenties, he got his first job at the BBC, then rose through the ranks to become a BBC Two controller in 1965 before supporting environmental causes through documentaries.
Other items will also be on display at the exhibit, including the BBC Talent Selection Group verdict criticizing the late David Bowie.
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The singer auditioned for the radio playlist in 1965, but was quickly rejected.
He was only 18 at the time and was considered by the BBC as “amateur” with a “not particularly exciting” voice.
At the time, he performed a cover of Chim Chim Cher-ee by Mary Poppins with his group Lower Third.
But despite this small setback, he continued to create 11 UK No 1 albums before passing away at the age of 69 in 2016.
A job application from Lord Reith, when he was “33” when he applied to become the BBC’s first managing director in 1922, will also be one of the items on display.
That will be his newspaper confession from the time he confessed that he knew nothing about broadcasting.
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A 1930s newspaper clipping shows how the BBC was inundated with applications from around the world when it announced it was employing its very first TV presenter.
The rental proposition of Roy Plomley’s iconic Desert Island records in the 1940s is involved.
The idea has become a long-standing aspect of the Radio 4 show.
One of the more recent items is from the 1990s and is Colin Firth’s iconic white shirt from Pride and Prejudice when he played Mr. Darcy.
The articles will be distributed over the ten decades around five general themes.
The themes are: ‘the technology that changed our lives’, ‘the programs that brought us together’, ‘Iconic and British’, ‘a diverse and changing Britain’ and ‘opening up a wider world’.
It was reported by The telegraph as Robert Seatter, responsible for the history of the BBC, said: “The BBC is much more varied, rich, diverse and, in fact, it reflects the history of all of us. It is this amplification of social history.
“We are all part of it. This is what we are trying to give back: to regard the history of the BBC as the history of Great Britain.
The exhibition will be live on the BBC website on Monday January 3, which will include 100 objects to celebrate the company’s 100 years.